SIRIUS Satellite Radio and XM Satellite Radio are trumpeting a significant new endorsement given this week for their proposed merger from The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).
More than 400,000 members strong, he nation’s largest and most widely-recognized grassroots civil rights organization calls the merger, “a positive development for African-American consumers,” and sent a letter to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week arguing that the merger would open up new opportunities for discussions of social, political and economic issues to reach listeners across the country.
“We are convinced that the pending Sirius-XM merger will be a positive development for consumers,” NAACP Director Hilary Shelton wrote in the letter. “More diverse, accessible and appealing options at lower prices in satellite radio will help further expand the reach of this medium.”
“We are extremely pleased to enjoy the support of such a well-respected and influential organization in the African-American community,” said Gary Parsons, Chairman of XM Satellite Radio and Mel Karmazin, CEO of SIRIUS Satellite Radio, in a joint statement.
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